The GAA/GPA Opel Players of the Month award for August have been announced with the stunning performances of the Galway hurler Joe Canning and Donegal’s Karl Lacey winning the award in hurling and football respectively.
Canning’s award was in recognition of his man of the match performance against Cork in the All-Ireland semi final. His good form has continued and may well be in contention for September’s Player of the Month award after showing nerves of steel to slot over a late equalising free in last Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny.
Donegal footballer Lacey has been honoured for an inspirational display in Donegal’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over Cork, scoring two points from centre half back. Lacey’s scoring efforts were well rewarded as the Tir Chonaill men qualified for their first All-Ireland final in 20 years.
In paying tribute to the award recipients, GAA president Liam O’Neill said, “Both Joe and Karl served up performances to savour with Galway and Donegal respectively, playing crucial roles in those counties’ performances against Cork in hurling and football. These accolades are well deserved, well done to both and thanks to Opel for their continued support of an award scheme that allows our players to acknowledge excellence.”
Commenting on the recipients of the awards, GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell said, “Congratulations to Joe and Karl for their outstanding achievements in being acknowledged by their fellow players for their displays last month. While as always both will point to their team-mates, it is nonetheless important to recognise when the individual player excels in pursuit of the collective cause. Thanks to all the players who voted and to our sponsors Opel for their continued support of the awards and our players.”